Croatia PM-designate vows to boost reform, bridge divisions

Croatia's prime minister-designate says his future government will work to boost economic recovery and overcome political divisions in the European Union's newest member state.

Andrej Plenkovic told lawmakers Wednesday "the government I will lead will be the government of all Croatian citizens." The 46-year-old former European Parliament member says national goals should come before political differences.

Plenkovic's Cabinet is expected to be voted into office after a parliamentary debate. The proposed government includes ministers from Plenkovic's conservative Croatian Democratic Union and the populist Most, or Bridge, party with the support of minority groups.

There are hopes the vote will mark an end to months of political turmoil triggered by the fall of the previous government in June, which has stalled economic reform.

Croatia joined the EU in 2013.